This novel wrapped around me like a warm and cuddly blanket. It tells the story of Major Pettigrew (retired) who is mourning the death of his brother Bertie and discovers that many of his beliefs about family and tradition need to be updated. It's a warm love story between improbable soul mates. The honorable and chivalrous Major Pettigrew saves the day. I might have only given this four stars if I had read the print version because the ending is a little pat, but the narration by Peter Altschuler is marvelous and bumped this one up to become a five star book.
While the story does start off slowly it is worth staying with. I found it absolutely delightful and was sorry when it came to an end. And the reader was perfect for the story.
Helen Simonson's beautifully imagined characters and Peter Altschuler's amusing and poignant narration join together delightfully in this audiobook. While I'm sure that Ms. Simonson's book stands up well in print, Mr Altschuler brings great heart and, well, OOMPH, and drew me along to the exciting conclusion. Exactly what I'm looking for in a great audiobook - very satisfying.
Sometimes I wonder, with some books, how I just READ them before. With a book like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, it almost cries to be listened to. The narrator does a marvelous job of reading this book, what's more, for me he became Major Pettigrew, with all his fuddy-duddiness and his never ending wish to keep things all things so "veddy veddy Engish." But the best part was how human he made him. I loved this book and was really sorry when it ended. It really was an old fashioned love story of two unlikely people and it makes for a great read. It was also hysterically funny and the Major cetainly did get himself into some situations. I highly recommend it!
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
Charming and real, with that dry British humor. Sustained my interest throughout, a good cozy book. Excellent narration.
This story starts out well with excellent character development. The writing is quite good, and the narrator is excellent. The story seems to drag a bit in the second half as you start to realize that not much is happening. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a modern-day Jane Austen type book geared for men and women.
This book breathes new life into the traditional English village novel. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition inherent in the stodgy old white guy who was born in Lahore (in what is now Pakistan) who is considered "English" and several characters born in the UK who are considered "Pakistani". Major Pettigrew is stolidly conservative and old guard but he is also educated in history and a thoughtful guy so therefore is more sympathetic than most of his friends--and his son, who you just want to reach into your ipod and punch in the face! All in all, a great listen and you'll really cheer for the old Major when he makes his last stand.
Very much enjoyed the plot - it is both sweet and has a serious side of addressing aging, relationships, and predjudices. The narrator was excellent - read at a nice pace and changed tones enough to bring the characters to life without overdoing it.
I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
I'm not even finished yet, but I had to pass on how enjoyable this narrator, in my opinion, is. I enjoy his tones, can hear Maj Pettigrew's sarcasm, wit, and pain in his voice. Nice. One of my favorite things about audible books is a talented speaker!
When a man is 68, he can either become disenchanted with life -- or take the sum of his life experiences & continue to grow. The Major's opinion about everything & everyone was hilarious!! It was interesting to see how his feelings about some people changed as the novel progressed. For example, he was completely disgusted with his son, Roger's, American fiancee -- but grew to have empathy for her as the novel progressed. A completely delightful read!!!